Olympic Television Coverage: Canadian vs. American

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Wed, Aug 13 - 2:57 pm EDT | 6 years ago by
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Olympics Previews - Day -2

When I’m not over here talking about the Olympics, I write about my hometown, Cleveland Ohio, for About.com. My counterpart there with the Detroit site has been talking about the advantage to living in southeast Michigan because she can get both the American and the Canadian Olympic coverage, something that most of us Americans are not able to do.

Personally, I’m frustrated with the NBC coverage. I love the volume of programming, especially the live streaming feeds from their NBC Olympic site. I also like the daytime broadcasts that showcase less popular sports and are, for the most part, free of commentator bias.

However, the evening and weekend, “packaged for the masses” programming is a farce. The producers offer “soundbytes” of coverage of any sport that isn’t swimming and gymnastics (and presumably track and field when those events begin) and are unabashedly pro-United States (American viewers didn’t get to see a single routine of the Bronze medal-winning Romanian women gymnasts performances last night).

How are you finding the Olympic television coverage? How would you improve it? Leave a comment.

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  • Gretchen

    Everytime the Olympics (summer or winter) roll around, I’m always enormously grateful that I live close enough to Canada (Seattle, WA) so that i can watch their TV coverage. I know that I’m apt to catch some of the quirkier sports (that, perhaps, arent so popular in america and therefore are allotted less coverage on NBC) and the canadian broadcast focus, of course, is on their own athletes, but they will talk alot about the other countries’ participants (something american television continues to fail to do!)

  • alixandra mullins

    yeah this coverage is really ethnocentric, i only see stuff about americans, swimming, gymnastics, not one second of another routine from another country , you would think the entire olympics is between america and china, given what I am shown on TV. I don’t see a single other country being shown on this lame NBC coverage! Where can I see other athletes from different countries???

  • Kevin

    The NBC coverage is horrilble. They are not even showing the track and field finals live. Everyone around the world has seen the 100m finals except for us in america. That is so bad. MICHAEL PHELPS, MICHAEL PHELPS…….. that’s all they focus on. NBC YOU ARE KILLING THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT!

  • Gretchen

    and it would be really nice if NBC stopped saying “Live Coverage” as i’ve usually seen the events earlier on canadian tv. they must really think american people are dumb…

  • Neil Tall Eagle

    The horrible (after the fact) coverage by NBC is a good example of coorporate greed not giving a damn about American viewers…. not to mention that Bob Costa’s wig is really quite embarassing! He’s the ultimate ‘ugly-american’… with his one-sided commentaries and lack of humility.

  • http://blogroll.hk Geoffrey

    The coverage is bad in many way’s, Stop moaning about American Coverage, over here in Hong Kong we see the same crap coverage, the basic problem is the TV station has no idea how to cover a sports event, I am sick of hearing the commentator expressing that they want to see the replay of a special event to see what happened, and it never happens, From what I know about China, I think they hired local producer, you get more coverage of Chinese participants than any other, so I would guess its the big brother coverage of China.